The world’s oldest still existing academy of the sciences invited high-profile academics from various disciplines to a symposium on "Individual attitude – societal consequences" – LEIZ director Prof Josef Wieland in attendance
The core questions discussed at the Leopoldina symposium were
| How can the existing and increasing tension caused by the fact that compliance is being more and more institutionalised (resulting in undesirable side effects) and the intended compliance-culture (resulting in feasible positive perspectives) be healed?
| Where does compliance-culture come from? (possible causes within its historical development and inter-cultural exchange)
| Does compliance-culture work as intended? Which undesirable side-effects does compliance-culture have on different levels (i.e. companies, institutions, individuals, civil society)?
| How can compliance-culture be further developed? How can negative consequences be eliminated or prevented? How can ethical principles be internalised?
Background and core focus of the symposium
Compliance – once developed for publicly listed companies – describes the willingness to act with integrity and to do the right thing anywhere at anytime.
In the every-day business and in view of the freedom of decision of the individual involved in business processes it becomes more and more difficult, however, to monitor or even predict results. Check-lists and clear instructions are becoming paramount. Nevertheless, compliance as a concept is gaining momentum also in other fields of society, like the public or medical sector, to name just two.
The above-mentiond implications of the compliance concept were throroughly scrutinised and discussed by the penal members as well as the positive and negative impact necessary process-regulations might entail. Another point on the agenda was the traceability of specific steps in those processes and last not least the violations that still occur (e.g. diesel scandal, food scandals). For more information on the reputable institute Lepoldina check here: leopoldina
LEIZ Communication Management
December 4th and 5th, 2018
Professor Dr Frank Rösler, Professor Dr Klaus Fiedler, Speaker of the committee, Professor Dr Hartmut Berghoff, Universität Göttingen (History), Professor Dr Josef Wieland, LEIZ (Economy), Professor Dr Monika Keller, Max-Planck-Institut, Berlin (Psychology), Professor Dr Bernd Lahno, Universität Konstanz (Philosophy), Professor Dr Paul Kirchhof, Universität Heidelberg (Law)